Ari Ofengenden is professor of Hebrew language and literature
Ari Ofengenden offers a most persuasive thesis on the ‘cultural earthquake’ that Israel is experiencing alongside its integration into the global information economy. His book shows how mainstream Israeli films and novels embody liberal ideology, while domestic culture leans toward a commodified neo-tribalism. Both trends over-shadow progressive culture, embodied in realism and modernism, that was typical to Israel in the past. This book is a tour de force of powerful interpretations of key Israeli films, novels, and television series. It explores the entanglement of the seemingly diverse cultural trends of universal liberalism and particular ethno-nationalism. A must-read for anybody seeking an updated understanding of contemporary Israeli culture.